Providence, RI Diners

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Liberty Elm Diner (now El Rincon Dominicano)
Providence, RI
The Liberty Elm Diner is Worcester (#806) from 1947. It was installed in Providence in 1947 as the Central Diner. It was moved to its present site in 1953 and continued operating as the Central Diner until 1972. The diner then went by many names over the years, including the Elmwood Diner, Jim's Diner, and Louie's Diner. By 2002, it had become the La Criolla Diner (first photo, from 2005). In 2007, it reopened as the Liberty Elm Diner. These photos are from then. The diner is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The diner closed in 2013 and reopened in 2014 as the Elmwood Diner. It closed again in 2017. By 2022, it was housing Lechonera Andres. By 2023, it was housing El Rincon Dominicano. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [first photo thanks PTM] [map]

Seaplane Diner
Providence, RI
The Seaplane Diner is a 1950s O'Mahony. It was originally located in Woonsocket, RI where it was known as Gerard's Diner. The diner was moved here in 1973. The stainless-steel exterior was covered with wood until the late 1990s. [map]

Culinary Arts Museum
Diner Exhibit
Providence, RI
The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University began hosting this diner exhibit in 2003. Entitled "Diners: Still Cookin' in the 21st Century", the exhibit is curated by author and diner expert Richard J. S. Gutman. Among the items on display is the Ever Ready Diner which is undergoing restoration. This 1926 Worcester previously operated in Providence, RI. The stainless-steel entrance to the exhibit was created by Kullman. In 2017, the museum became private for students and faculty. I don't know if these diner-related things are still there, sold off, or in storagen.

West Side Diner

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